Tasnim Mollah, the only student in Hillcrest High School history to be accepted to Yale University, shared her overall experience and the expectation of this prestigious academic institution to a captivated audience of selected Juniors and Seniors in room 104, our college office.
As students were jam packing the tiny room to hear this Ivy Leaguer’s viewpoint, it was evident they were absorbed in the conversation. The room became so crowded from to the high attendance rate, that standing room was the only available option for the many more participants. Despite the limited amount of space, Mollah was able to successfully answer all the questions students had for her during the allotted time.
To start off the discussion, Mollah introduced various topics ranging from academics to the residential college system, to faculty and more,which made Yale University unique from other universities. She made sure to add that Yale offers “over 200 courses to allow students to choose what they truly want to do”. Students were excited to learn from Tasnim about the adventures students experience attending different classrooms to decide what career path they might enjoy best.
One interested student in particular asked, “What was the process for getting into Yale University?” Mollah’s answer was that her own acceptance came from “a full-scholarship match with Questbridge, a non-profit organization for those with low-income backgrounds to get into incredible universities”. To be able to take advantage of this scholarship and continue, one must accept the binding process; so, “if you were to get accepted into a university, you must [be willing to accept] that particular match”, said Mollah.
Her meeting with Hillcrest's’ engaged students ended with her advice to Juniors to “start their college search as early as summer, and to get all of [their] options together so that Senior year could be easier”. With a kind heart, Tasnim did not want these students to deal with the same stress she had to go through during her process of getting into this great university. With many decisions and heart working mindsets however, college is, what she says, “a great place to start undecided because college is about finding yourself”.
Congratulations to Tasnim Mollah and her successful meeting at Hillcrest High School with her frank discussion of her college experience at Yale. It was an honor to have the first student in Hillcrest High School history to speak with us.